Our faculty draw upon their own faith traditions, pastoral care experience and learning theory to guide their approach to education, ministry and supervision. They believe that CPE is transformative and are committed to cultivating an environment where students learn from their own lives.
LaVera Crawley, MD, MPH
LaVera Crawley, MD, MPH, describes her spiritual journey as a dedication to the path of “Radical Servanthood” first as a Board-Certified Family Physician on the Navajo Indian Reservation; as an at-home mom; then as an empirical bioethicist at Stanford focusing on health inequities; and as hospital chaplain practicing the art of spiritual companionship. Each step along the way she has heeded the call of that still, inner voice, which has led her to her calling as the new Director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at the California Pacific Medical Center. Her academic, theological and spiritual preparation includes her MD from Meharry Medical College; her Family Medicine residency and chief residency training at USCF; an MPH from UC Berkeley focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics; an Ethics Fellowship at the Stanford School of Medicine Center for Biomedical Ethics; and a Palliative Care Education Fellowship at Harvard. She completed her chaplaincy and ACPE Certified Educator training at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center CPE program in Berkeley and Oakland and her Masters of Divinity Equivalency coursework through the Pacific School of Religion (Graduate Theological Union), the Catholic Distance University, and the Franciscan-based Living School of Action and Contemplation founded by Fr. Richard Rohr. Inspired by the Schwartz Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program for Healthcare Providers, her goal for CPE education at CPMC is to develop integrative educational programs for chaplains, physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, and other healthcare professionals that enhances provider skills and competencies in addressing the spiritual, existential, and religious needs of patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses and fosters compassionate caregiving that enriches both provider and patient well-being.